It's easy to lose your way in the 21st-century economy. The world of work and business is changing so rapidly that you... more
This is the second episode in my new series, "Strange New Work." Artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols is a... more
The future of work doesn't have to be an extension of today's reality.This is the first installment in Strange New... more
Join Tara McMullin for a journey into the far future of work, and consider how we can create more humane,... more
Today’s episode is a sneak peek of Work In Practice, my new 12-week training program for guides of all kinds.... more
There are rules you know about—and rules you don't. Some rules are written down—and other rules are "just the way... more
Play, learn, work, retire—those are the four stages of what Mauro Guillén calls the sequential mode of life. In his new... more
This is the 8th edition of This is Not Advice, my "not-advice" column for premium subscribers of What Works. Today, I'm talking... more
Making work for the public seems to come with a slew of fuzzy social expectations. What do we owe our... more
The media give us wildly exaggerated images of wealth and consumption. And even if we recognize that a tv show... more
At age 50, Manisha Thakor realized that she'd sacrificed her life at the altar of work. How did that happen?... more
This is an excerpt from the 7th edition of This is Not Advice—a not-advice column exclusively for premium subscribers. In this... more
This episode originally ran on May 25, 2022. It's been lightly remixed for today's release!“Rugged individualism” is the very language... more
So much of our modern discourse around productivity, empowerment, entrepreneurship, and personal growth includes messages about our bodies. These messages... more
This is an episode of "This is Not Advice," a bonus podcast I do for premium subscribers of What Works.... more
This is an episode about Meta's new app, Threads. It's also about Substack and Substack's new-ish feature, Notes. But really,... more
"It's easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism," say Frederic Jameson and Slavoj Žižek.Capitalist... more
Welcome to the 5th edition of This is Not Advice, a non-advice column for premium subscribers of What Works. If... more
"Failure" got a glow-up sometime in the last 20 years. Instead of something to be feared, gurus tell us to embrace... more
Buckle up—today's episode was inspired by something that got me really worked up this week: "I think home-baking is one of... more
"Outsiders" shoulder a disproportionate burden when it comes to fitting in. Can we demand more from the "insiders?"This is a... more
What gets labeled as "authentic" is often quite predictable. It's a market-compatible expression of what was once something unique or... more
On June 8, Skye Pillsbury opened the latest edition of her newsletter, The Squeeze, with the header RIP Gimlet. She... more
I’m about to write the most journalistic thing I’ve ever written: I received a tip.I wish I could say it... more
Welcome to the 3rd edition of This is Not Advice, my advice column that’s not an advice column for paid... more
Today's episode is all about trust and responsibility—and how those qualities impact the cost of doing business and the work... more
What are we really talking about when we talk about our hopes and fears about AI?It's us. We're the problem.Actually,... more
There's a sort of inside joke in the online business space of coaches, creators, and service providers. Or maybe, at... more
“This cancerous economic principle means that executives and venture capitalists have abandoned the concept of value within a business. Through... more
Today’s quick episode is a sample of something I’m creating for paid subscribers to What Works. I’m calling it my... more
What does a bad movie from 1992, loss aversion, Steinbeck, pizza, farm animals, and the founder of a software company... more
I am on board when it comes to technological progress. I look forward to updating my devices (although I don’t... more
It seems like every company today claims to be "on a mission" to change the world or improve our lives.... more
At least in my corner of social media, there are a lot of folks asking what makes a business ethical.... more
This Earth Month... buy more stuff?!We're about to be bombarded with messaging about corporate climate initiatives. We'll have the chance... more
"All parasites have value, Sibling Dex. Not to their hosts, perhaps, but you could say the same about a predator... more
I’ve called myself a recovering overachiever. I’m recovering not from the drive to excel but from the anxiety inherent to... more
We all have deep human needs—for belonging, for autonomy, for creative expression, for safety and security. But modern life can... more
What makes an idea valuable? What turns it into a product that can be bought, sold, or rented? Ideas turn... more
This is Part 2 of The Economics of Getting (and Paying) Attention. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, I... more
How comfortable are you with your own voice? How likely are you to say what's on your mind?Samara Bay, the... more
How does the principle of supply and demand influence what we pay attention to? (And who pays attention to us?)
If we want to understand the tiny economy of our businesses, then we have to understand cashflow.
How can we avoid unintentional exploitation in our working relationships?
If information wants to be free… why is it so darn expensive?
Can economics help you decide whether or not to quit social media? Yes!
Can we unlearn urgency and learn to enjoy patience?
Work has evolved. The way we work has not.
Tara & Sean share a look back at the year and what caught their attention in books, tv, podcasts, and... more
While the answer might seem obvious, understanding how work creates stress and help us design more sustainable work systems.
Thinking about doing things differently next year? Here's one way my own work has changed—big time.
How do you see through the bait & switch?
Charlie Gilkey talks with Tara about the cultural code that lurks beneath our assumptions about goals & success.
Jenny Blake, Charlie Gilkey, and Tara discuss capacity, time, and avoiding overcommitment.
🙌🏻 A 400th Episode AND Book Birthday celebration! 🙌🏻
Who does all of our productivity really benefit?
What happens when confidence and control collide?
How we use our voices is a microcosm of how we think about ourselves. What happens when we use our... more
How do influencers impact the way we see ourselves, our families, and… our shopping lists?
Personality types are big business on Instagram. Why are we so hooked on ourselves?
Who do you trust with improving your life?
Is this really what empowerment looks like?
Are we all in the self-help business now?
Are we all in the self-help business now?
What even is the economy really? How does economic news impact my daily life? And what would prompt two humanities... more
After finding myself frustrated, exhausted, and burnt out, I had to ask: Are the goals I set making my life... more
How do you prepare your small business for economic ups and downs?
How has our relationship with ourselves changed since we started to put so much effort into emphasizing the most marketable... more
Can work be valuable even if you're not making money with it? What role do hobbies and personal pursuits have... more
Vibe check: does positive thinking get in the way of recognizing real limitations and structural challenges?
How can we think more strategically about the way we get paid as business owners & independent workers?
Do you spend more of your time working for internet companies than for yourself or your clients?
Is loving your work all it's cracked up to be? And is the work you love meeting your needs?
Has individualism made it harder to navigate the 21st-century economy?
Does your refund policy help you make sales... or do right by your customers?
At the end of 2021, I stepped away from my business: left our community, off-boarded my employee to another company,... more
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: underpromise and overdeliver. But is that really the best way to do business? Or... more
I’m bringing our Time & Money series to a close this week by exploring why we choose squeezing more in... more
A lot of the work we do today doesn’t much look like “work.” The divide between work-life and life-life is... more
The systems we operate in all have different incentive systems: our business models, the social media platforms, our economy, the... more
Most of us learn the value of our time in our first jobs. Even as we get more experience and... more
I’ve been talking about the “new economy” since about 2010. But more and more, I recognize that the economic possibilities... more
There’s more than one way to measure success—and there’s more than one way to measure time. How do you account... more
We spend money on lots of tools designed to save us time and work. But all too often, those tools... more
“Time is money.” Ben Franklin gave us that chestnut in 1748—and ever since, we’ve been trained to think of our... more
Emotional labor is an under-appreciated, under-compensated type of work. But it’s essential for navigating the 21st-century economy. Entrepreneurship almost always... more
What is the creator economy? And why are so many creators… miserable? Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini was the first... more
The way we set goals often invites a load of comparison and competition. We can even create a moral hierarchy... more
“What does growth without striving look like?” Rita Barry posed this question 3 years ago, and it’s stuck with me ever... more
In This Episode: * Why Darden Creative founder Tamera Darden decided to shut down her business at the end of 2022—and... more
In This Episode: * Creative grief worker & curator Charlene Lam shares how grief impacts us—as humans, leaders, and business owners*... more
I always hesitate to talk about practicing an “abundance mindset…” …because it so quickly veers into positive vibes only, charge what... more
In This Episode: * Consultant and virtual assistant Janice Plado Dalager joins Tara for a conversation about the unique skill set... more
In This Episode: * Why Michelle Ward decided to retire as the When I Grow Up Coach to go all-in on... more
Have you heard? The average human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish’s! Thanks, internet. TV journalists and politicians... more
In This Episode: * How Angie Browne‘s career has evolved into embracing her whole identity as a coach & consultant* Why... more
I am a fast person. I walk fast. Cook fast. Write fast. Talk fast. Work out fast. It’s like I’m always... more
In This Episode: * Why brand strategist Alice Karolina created the ethical move, which helps small business owners navigate building more... more
In This Episode * How Future Proof Skills Lab founder Liz Wiltsie has build her business on her North Star values... more
In This Episode: * The key values that coach Mara Glatzel has built her business on* How her human-first approach to... more
Systems have a reputation. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, as I have, “Oh, I’m just not a systems person,” you... more
In This Episode: * Tara explains how using a system-thinking approach to money makes it easier to invest in the growth... more
In This Episode: * Why Coach Pony founder Christie Mims uses 2 “competing” sales funnels to accommodate for different ways of... more
In This Episode: * Why Sean McMullin & Lou Blaser, from YellowHouse.Media, switched their project management software from Notion to Clickup... more
Personal strengths are like a photo filter. Imagine you’ve got a photo that’s… fine. You upload it to Instagram or VSCO... more
In This Episode: * Why writer Kris Windley decided to learn how to illustrate her articles* How doodling has helped her... more
In This Episode: * Why coach Reva Patwardhan counts her intrinsic sense of belonging as one of her top strengths* How... more
In This Episode: * How Work Brighter founder Brittany Berger leverages her unique strengths to create a custom approach to productivity... more
In This Episode: * Why Let’s Do The Books founder Mark Butler has been working on getting out of the way... more
In This Episode: * Why Jessica Abel believes carving out space to work on experimental and creative projects is key* The... more
In This Episode: * Why financial behaviorist Jacquette Timmons is more interested in finding the right blend that finding a balance... more
In This Episode: * Sean McMullin asks Break The Ceiling host Susan Boles what she’s learned about creating a business that... more
Do you ever get the feeling you’re white-knuckling it through business ownership? Like if you just squeeze the wheel hard enough... more
I did not like group work as a student. I much preferred to take on a project myself. I wanted complete... more
In This Episode: * How mindset & resilience consultant Shulamit Ber Levtov became interested in the mental health challenges women face... more
In This Episode: * Wanderwell founder Kate Strathmann and I unpack how our personal values often don’t line up with economic... more
In This Episode: * How I decide what roles to hire for (and why understanding our team structure is key)* When... more
In This Episode: * Why management specialist Podge Thomas believes your team should be your biggest asset* How to prepare to... more
How do you know what content should be free? And, what should be paid for? This month, we’ve been talking all... more
This month, we’ve explored finding customers and building an audience—which are not the same things. Every business needs to find customers.... more
In This Episode: * Why storytelling is good for business and how it can help you build your audience* Why you... more
I did not like group work as a student. I much preferred to take on a project myself. I wanted complete control over... more